Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

National Animal Welfare Conference with Dr. Jane Goodall in Toronto

Please distribute this e-mail to everyone you know who cares about animal welfare.

Register by March 1st 2014 to get the early bird rate and be entered to win an opportunity to attend a special VIP event with Dr. Jane Goodall and other prizes!

Conference registration fees increase by $100 after March 1st.

Canadian Federation of Humane Societies – National Animal Welfare Conference
Eaton Chelsea – Toronto, ON – April 12-15 2014

The 2014 Conference is an unprecedented opportunity to share, learn, connect and network with the animal welfare community in Canada. The 2014 conference brings together like-minded individuals and organizations who promote respect for and humane treatment of animals.

Register Now: http://cfhs.ca/info/national_animal_welfare_conference_1/

Early Bird prizes:

· An opportunity to attend a special VIP event with Dr. Jane Goodall (more exciting news to come about this event)
· Free accommodation for the duration of the conference
· Free conference registration

Conference highlights:

· Keynote: Hope for Animals – Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE and UN Messenger of Peace
· Opening Plenary: The Future of the Humane Movement: Critical Factors in Building a Humane Canada – Craig Daniell, CEO, BC SPCA
· Plenary: The Five Freedoms for Farm Animals: How on Earth Will We Get There? – Geoff Urton, Manager of Stakeholder Relations, BC SPCA
· More than 24 individual sessions in four stimulating concurrent tracks
· Three post-session training courses
· Pre-session site visits
· Nightly accommodation rate of only $119 + taxes at the Eaton Chelsea (hyperlink to registration page)
· $500 Travel bursary from the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada

Visit: http://cfhs.ca/info/national_animal_welfare_conference_1/ to register, book your accommodation, read the conference program, overview and speakers’ bios.

If you have any questions about the conference please don’t hesitate to contact me. See you in Toronto!

Again, please distribute this e-mail to everyone you know who cares about animal welfare.

David

David Dern
Marketing & Fund Development Manager
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Tel: 613-224-8072, ext 22
http://www.cfhs.ca

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CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference early bird registration is now open! Register now: http://cfhs.ca/info/national_animal_welfare_conference_1/

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Animal Advocacy Camp

Animal Advocacy Camp 2014
Vancouver’s Animal Rights UnConference

March 22 & 23
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver

Join your fellow animal advocates for two days of learning and sharing about taking effective action for animals.

You have valuable skills, experiences, and ideas. By working and learning with others you can build a stronger community of animal advocates and make a greater difference in the lives of animals.

Animal Advocacy Camp will be a practical, attendee-led event, where YOU get to set the agenda and host discussions about what YOU want to talk about.

* Share your stories, ideas, and experiences.
* Learn from the experiences of others.
* Discover the wealth of resources available
* Host powerful dialogues about issues and strategies.
* Create and strengthen relationships.
* Become a stronger and more effective advocate for animals.

Animal Advocacy Camp is a step in the direction of a strong and powerful Canadian animal rights movement. Bringing activists together to talk, plan, learn, and share together will lead to more effective activism and greater change.

Be a part of creating change.

Speakers

Jo-Anne McArthur – photographer, We Animals ( http://www.weanimals.org ), The Ghosts in Our Machine ( http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com )

Dylan Powell – Marineland Animal Defense ( http://marinelandanimaldefense.com )

Lisa Hutcheon – Small Animal Rescue Society of BC ( http://smallanimalrescue.org )

Sara Dubois – Chief Scientific Officer, BC SPCA ( http://www.spca.bc.ca )

Register and learn more at http://animaladvocacycamp.ca .


Stop UBC Animal Research is a community grassroots campaign that employs peaceful, legal, and compassionate approaches to educate the public about the grim realities of research on animals at the University of British Columbia and to ultimately bring about an end to research on animals at UBC. Please visit our website at: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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Surrey’s New Time Tethering Bylaw, needs you as a witness

SURREY’S NEW TIME LIMITED TETHERING BYLAW PROVING UNENFORCEABLE

Surrey is now accepting reports from the community about tethered dogs. And just as the Campaign for Animal Rights (CARL) advised Surrey Council prior to the passage of the time limited ban, by-law enforcement officers have been advising the callers that the bylaw is unenforceable and not a single dog has yet been removed from their chain. Since it is impractical for bylaw enforcement officers to sit unobserved outside a chained dogs home for four hours, it is now incumbent on neighbors to prove the dog is on their chain longer than four hours. And how can neighbors be expected to video tape their neighbors dog for a four hour period. As we advised Mayor Watts and her Council, the only enforceable tethering bylaw is a ban on the chaining of unattended dogs.

Surrey residents, please report all dogs who you know are on chains for longer than four hours to Surrey By-Law enforcement at 604-591-4370 and continue to followup with them about the dog until something is done. Please also email the addresses of chained dogs who have not been helped to us at justiceforanimals9@gmail.com. We will go to the media, who is very interested in this issue, and expose the unenforceability of their bylaw.

And everyone, please write Mayor Watts and her council at to complain about their new bylaw and demand they create an unattended tethering ban and truly help end the suffering of chained dogs in Surrey.
http://www.surrey.ca/city-government/3007.aspx

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Artistic Expression For World Wide Peace Project

Please check out this contribution to the Whole Nine Peace Project on Dairy Cows and Cows used in the Meat Industry.

http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-full.php?id=2926

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Redesign stickers for milk cartons

Ever felt pissed off, while at the milk aisle, buying some wholesome soy milk. Seeing the deceitful milk packaging, which were maliciously engineered. To dupe people, into believing that dairy farms are animal havens.
We all know that, for the animals, the milk farm, is a place of death and torture. So why not redesign them scummy lil cartons, yourself?
All you need is a printer and some sticker pages (can be bought cheap at printer and computer supply stores).
Don’t forget to share, your handiwork with us at –
269pic@gmail.com
The best 269 aisle copywriters will get, free 269life swag!!!

Please invite as much people as you can.
For the chrome users, you can invite all your friends with one click! (just go to the app store and search for invite all)

The stickers –
( Layout ready for an A4 page, accommodates 12 stickers – http://www.sendspace.com/filegroup/YB1OuL29SRIIJDxUd%2BhnHOpwNy9Labx390gkQZCEK2E )

English – https://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/pl2g.jpg/
Hebrew- http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/22/p2y7.jpg/

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Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

The deadline for completing the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements is only nine months away. Will the province of British Columbia ensure new logging rules will increase conservation enough to sustain the health of this magnificent forest ecosystem? That’s the challenge. We know they will do something. But will they do enough?

It looks promising, but we’re not there yet. We need your help to ensure the BC government completes the Great Bear Agreement within the next nine months. Sign our petition to these leaders now! http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/281/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12941

Just last week ForestEthics Solutions co-hosted a Great Bear Rainforest Customer and Investor Roundtable with our allies (Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Canopy) along with representatives from 27 very large paper and lumber buyers from across the globe (including Home Depot, Lowes, Sprint and Kimberly Clark). We all share a common interest: to see the Great Bear Agreements completed.

There is a lot at stake for British Columbia’s reputation and forests. BC’s Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson, was the keynote speaker at the event. He said loud and clear that the Great Bear Agreements are a priority of the provincial government.

Let’s make sure they don’t fumble in the home stretch.

The recently elected provincial government meets together in the British Columbia legislature for the first time on June 26th. Over the next 100 days provincial representatives will meet with First Nations, logging industry, and environmentalists who have been working hard to implement the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/281/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12941

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Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop stocking neonicotinoids.

Scientists hot on the trail of the cause behind the massive global bee die-off have unearthed a slew of evidence on the devastation across the food chain caused by the most widely-used pesticide on Earth, neonicotinoids. Once they enter the water supply, neonicotinoids wipe out dragonflies, snails and other waterborne life. The few hardy species that survive are left so toxic that they’re killing birds — and Home Depot and Lowe’s are putting this toxic product right in our back yards.

The European Food Safety Authority just imposed a two-year ban on neonicotinoids. It’s a bold step taken to avert a new Silent Spring. With up to a third of all honeybees vanishing each winter, beekeepers are saying that we are “on the brink” of not being able to pollinate all our crops.

Home and Lowe’s Depot still stock their shelves with neonicotinoid pesticides, spreading the ecosystem-destroying toxin to homes and gardens across Canada. As consumers, we need to demand that these retailers pull the devastating pesticides from their shelves.

Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop stocking neonicotinoids.

Bayer and other pesticide manufacturers are shoveling cash at lobbyists in order to continue selling their poisonous products. But we’re not here to protect corporate profits, we’re here to protect our ecosystem to ensure our future. The first thing we need to do is take this devastating toxin out of our own neighborhoods.

One of the reasons these pesticides are so toxic is that they don’t simply coat the surface — neonicotinoids are absorbed into the plant itself. Scientists believe honeybees that stop by later to pollinate the crops accrue a lethal dose in their systems as they wander from flower to flower. Research suggests that the neurotoxin scrambles their system of navigation and other critical parts of the bee’s brains. Even when it doesn’t kill the bees outright, neonicotinoids alter immune system function in bees, making them more vulnerable to parasitic infections that are spreading through bee populations like wildfire.

Major retailers don’t care what type of pesticides they sell, only what type of pesticides their customers will buy. If we send Home Depot and Lowe’s, the two large home-and-garden superstores, a loud, clear message, we can get these toxic products off their shelves and out of our back yards — and get smaller retailers around the country to follow suit.

Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to get rid of the bee-killing neonicotinoids.

Thank you for being one of us,

Taren and the team at SumOfUs.org

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More information:

The Independent: ‘Victory for bees’ as European Union bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population, 29 April 2013
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees? (PDF), 2012
American Bird Conservancy: Birds, Bees, and Aquatic Life Threatened by Gross Underestimate of Toxicity of World’s Most Widely Used Pesticide, 2013
Mother Jones: 3 New Studies Link Bee Decline to Bayer Pesticide, 29 March, 2013

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Posting for Friends at Wild for Life Foundation, official trailer picked up by Animal Advocate Television

Dear friends,

Wild for Life Foundation is proud to announce that the official trailer for SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES has been picked up as a PSA by Animal Advocate Television which will be airing it today, Saturday at 1:30 on WISN 12.

Wild for Life Foundation and Animal Advocate TV are longtime partners sharing the vision and working together for a more compassionate world for animals. President of Animal Advocate TV, Debra Lopez whom hosts the show, is passionate equine advocate and co founder of American Against Horse Slaughter. Debra also appears in the documentary film SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES.

Watch the show live if you’re in the WI area, and if not, you can watch it on line.

Please share this announcement with your family, friends and co-workers! The more people who watch the show, the greater chance for victory for our animals and horses. Tweet & Share: SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES on Animal Advocate TV today! http://savingamericashorses.blogspot.com/2013/04/saving-americas-horses-on-animal.html

To learn more about Animal Advocate TV, Wild for Life Foundation and SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, please visit:
http://www.WildForLifeFoundation.org
http://www.SavingAmericasHorses.org
http://www.animaladvocatetv.com/

With gratitude,

Katia Louise, Director
SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES: A NATION BETRAYED
President, Wild for Life Foundation
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Americas-Horses/91817751967

“SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES: A NATION BETRAYED” tells the story of how one of America’s most treasured and iconic species struggles to survive in a world where two camps claim to be saving them; one that actually does, and the other that is instead found to be brutally killing them and driving them to extinction.
http://www.savingamericashorses.org/synopsis.html
Cast: Linda Grey, Tippi Hedren, Paul Sorvino, Ken Wahl and Willie Nelson

(Theatrical Running time 91 minutes)

Opened in Theaters and qualified for Oscar consideration in Dec 2012

(Distribution pending. Broadcast run times: 42 minutes and 56;46)

“Impressive” -VARIETY
“Impassioned” — Hollywood Reporter
“Outstanding” – LA SPLASH MAGAZINE
“Unpacks a multi-layered conspiracy – fueled by a parade of misinformation- against the survival and proliferation of horses” – LA TIMES
“A provocative rallying cry for justice and integrity” – THE QUAD CINEMA, NYC

Accolades and Awards:

Issue News:
New language just added to the 2014 appropriations bill to defund USDA horsemeat inspections in the US. If approved by Congress horse slaughter plants will not be able to reopen in 2014. To support a federal ban against transporting America’s wild and domestic horses for slaughter outside of the US contact your state representatives and ask them to support The SAFE Act, SB 541 and HB 1094. http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml Learn more: http://www.savingamericashorses.org/legislation.html

Link to this message on line: http://savingamericashorses.blogspot.com/2013/04/saving-americas-horses-on-animal.html
Tweet & Share: SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES on Animal Advocate TV today! http://savingamericashorses.blogspot.com/2013/04/saving-americas-horses-on-animal.html

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Meet Spirit, a Husky from Costa Rica who needs to come to Vancouver, can you help?

Hey everyone, meet Spirit. She was rescued from a puppy mill here in Costa Rica that’s breeding Huskies, and as much as her caretakers have been trying to make life as comfortable as possible for her, the only way to stop her suffering from overheating, fleas, ticks and major skin sensitivities is to get her to a cooler climate that she is more suited for. We’re working to raise enough money to get her back to Vancouver with me in May so that she can get back to being a happy dog, and with your help we’ll be able to make it happen! Please share this fundraiser with your community and if you can, make a contribution. Every bit helps and will go to her transportation, permits, airplane fees and a kennel. Thank you for the support!! ♥ ♥ ♥ – with Tim X Rusmisel.
Get Spirit the Husky to a Cooler Home!
Spirit was rescued from a Husky puppy mill in Costa Rica and suffers immensely in this hot, tropical…

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Monsanto versus Mother Earth

Dear Avaazers,

It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to exclusively ‘own’ something that freely belongs to us all — our food! But if we can pressure key European countries to slam the patent door shut on their destructive plans, we can stop this attack on our food. Help build the biggest food defense call ever by clicking here:

It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to exclusively ‘own’ something that freely belongs to us all — our food! They’re trying to patent away our everyday vegetables and fruits like cucumber, broccoli and melons, forcing growers to pay them and risk being sued if they don’t.

But we can stop them from buying up Mother Earth. Companies like Monsanto have found loopholes in European law to get away with this, so we just need to close them shut before they set a dangerous global precedent. And to do that, we need key countries like Germany, France and the Netherlands — where opposition is already growing — to call for a vote to stop Monsanto’s plans. The Avaaz community has shifted governments before, and we can do it again.

Many farmers and politicians are already against this — we just need to bring in people power to pressure these countries to keep Monsanto’s hands off our food. Sign now and share with everyone to help build the biggest food defense call ever:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_vs_mother_earth_don/?bcIeFab&v=23900

Once a patent exists in one country, trade agreements and negotiations often push other countries to honour it as well. That’s why these food patents change everything about how our food chain works: for thousands of years, farmers could choose which seeds they’d use without worrying about getting sued for violating intellectual property rights. But now, companies launch expensive legal campaigns to buy patents on conventional plants and force farmers to pay exorbitant royalty fees. Monsanto and Co. claim that patents drive innovation — but in fact they create a corporate monopoly of our food.

But luckily, the European Patent Office is controlled by 38 member states who, with one vote, can end dangerous patents on food that is bred using conventional methods. Even the European Parliament has issued a statement objecting to these kinds of destructive patents. Now, a massive wave of public outcry could push them to ban the patenting of our everyday food for good.

The situation is dire already — Monsanto alone owns 36% of all tomato, 32% of sweet pepper and 49% of cauliflower varieties registered in the EU. With a simple regulatory change, we could protect our food, our farmers and our planet from corporate control — and it’s up to us to make it happen:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_vs_mother_earth_don/?bcIeFab&v=23900

The Avaaz community has never been afraid to stand up to corporate capture of our institutions, from pushing back the Rupert Murdoch mafia, to helping ensure that telecoms keep their hands off our Internet. Now it’s time to defend our food supply from this corporate takeover.

With hope and determination,

Jeremy, Michelle, Oli, Dalia, Pascal, Ricken, Diego and the whole Avaaz team

SOURCES:

Conventionally-bred plants or animals should be exempt from patents, say MEPs (EU Parliament)
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/pressroom/content/20120509IPR44733/html/Conventionally-bred-plants-or-animals-should-be-exempt-from-patents-say-MEPs

President of the European Patent Office gives green light for patents on plants and animals (No Patents on Seeds)
http://www.no-patents-on-seeds.org/en/information/background/green-light-for-patents-on-plants-and-animals

Monsanto: All Your Seeds Belong to Us (Mother Jones)
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/02/scotus-hears-monsanto-soybean-case

Plant Patentability Questions Deepen In EPO Tomato Patent Case (IP Watch)
http://www.ip-watch.org/2012/06/13/plant-patentability-questions-deepen-in-epo-tomato-patent-case/

Tomato patent back before EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (Europolitics)
http://europolitics.eis-vt-prod-web01.cyberadm.net/business-competitiveness/tomato-patent-back-before-epo-s-enlarged-board-of-appeal-art336003-7.html

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